September 2, 2014

The Eagles Absolutely Outrageous Depth Chart

Let’s get it out of the way first.

“The team that wins the off-season doesn’t often win the real season”

“It’s a great team… on paper”

“NFL games aren’t won in August”

Blah. Blah. Blah.

I seem to remember the same being said about the Phillies before this season. A ton of writers even went out of their way to pick the Braves to win the division.

As the Phillies rampage towards 100+ wins, it turns out teams that are pretty awesome on paper can be pretty awesome of the field too.

So let’s, for the moment, bask in the glory that is the current Philadelphia Eagles depth chart.

This isn’t going to be an in-depth analysis – but rather a quick submersion into kool-aid with rose colored glasses. Or – the pie-in-the-sky look at each player (Not literally each player, just the starters and notable back-ups).

Quarterback

Michael Vick – Arguably the single most physically gifted player in the league. In just one year under Andy Reid, he turned in the best season of his career. It’s flat out scary to think what he could be if he continues to get better.

Vince Young – And for a back-up? A 28-year old, former #3 overall pick,  two-time pro bowler with a 30-17 career record as a starter.

Running Back

LeSean McCoy – Last season LeSean McCoy joined Barry Sanders, Marshall Faulk, Emmitt Smith, Edgerrin James, Clinton Portis, Ray Rice, Curtis Martin and Jerome Bettis as players who had more that 1,670 yards from scrimmage in a season before their 23rd birthday (since 1990). He is currently our 3rd or 4th best offensive weapon.

Ronnie Brown –  A 29-year old former 2nd overall pick and pro-bowler who can run the wildcat better than most any RB in football.

Receivers

DeSean Jackson – The league’s most explosive big play threat since Deion Sanders.

Jeremy Maclin – Joined Randy Moss, Larry Fitzgerald and Hakeem Nicks as the only WR with 950+ yards and 10+ touchdowns before their 23rd birthday (Since 1980).

Jason Avant – The man Andy Reid just called “the best inside WR in the NFL.”

Steve Smith – 26 years old, former pro-bowler and only one year removed from a 1,220 yard, 7 TD campaign. He’s our 4th, perhaps even 5th, WR.

Riley Cooper – 6’3”, 220 lbs, legit red-zone threat in his 2nd year

Brent Celek – One of only 5 tight-ends with 1,400 yards and 12 TD over the last two seasons. The others are Antonio Gates, Vernon Davis, Tony Gonzalez and Dallas Clark.

Offensive Line

Jason Peters – Considered one of the top LT’s in football.

Todd Herremans – When healthy, an above average and versitile lineman.

Jamaal Jackson – When healthy, was considered one of the top Centers in football.

Danny Watkins – A jacked fireman.

Ryan Harris – A potentially huge upgrade over Winston Justice, he’s smooth and athletic in pass protection.

Defensive Ends

Trent Cole – Joins Demarcus Ware and Jared Allen as the only players with 50+ sacks and 250+ tackles over the last 5 years.

Jason Babin – 2010 pro-bowler who was 6th in the NFL in sacks last year and is rejoining his DL coach in Philly.

Juqua Parker – 14 sacks and 3 forced fumbles over the last two seasons.

Defensive Tackles

Cullen Jenkins – Hugely disruptive on the inside and can pass rush as well. Peter King had him rated as the 3rd best FA on the market at any position.

Mike Patterson – Above-average starter at his position.

Trevor Laws - Break-out candidate who finished with 4 sacks, a forced fumble and an INT last year.

Linebackers

Jamar Chaney – In his first start last year he had 16 tackles.

Casey Matthews – If he’s 75% of the player his brother is, he’s a pro-bowler.

Moise Fokou – Hmmm… OK … can’t find something for EVERYONE

Safeties

Nate Allen – On his way to a very promising rookie campaign before his injury.

Kurt Coleman – See Fokou

Jaiquan Jarrett – Supposedly one of the more NFL-ready safeties in the draft.

Cornerbacks

Nnamdi Asomugha – The best CB in all of football. No big deal.

Asante Samuel – The best route-jumper in all of football. Leads NFL with 36 INTs over last 5 years, 4 more than anyone else.

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie – Athletic freak. Scouts Inc. graded him as the 9th best CB in the league after 2009. He’s now our 3rd CB.

 

So there you have it. I count something like 17 pro-bowlers, or future pro-bowlers. Just soak it all in.

Will it translate on the field? Not perfectly it won’t, but I don’t think its a stretch to say the expectation for this team is 13-14 wins.

It all start tonight against the Ravens. Feel free to put any game comments here.

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Comments

  1. Stu says:

    Punter and Kicker don’t matter?

    And Johnnie Lee Higgins? 

  2. Dan O says:

    K: Alex Henery – set the NCAA record for attempted field goal percentage while at Nebraska, nailing 89.5% of FG’s. Holds Nebraska’s record for longest FG. Earliest kicker taken since the Pats took Gostowski in 2006.
    P: Chas Henry – won the 2010 Ray Guy Award, for best punter in the nation, while at Florida and was a consensus first team all-american.
    WR: Johnnie Lee Higgins – really really fast.

  3. joof says:

    Just a random observation, I thought that kafta might get the nod after Vick. Reason being, he had all year to watch the offense and was the #2 QB for a little when Vick or Kobb were banged up. Young’s head must be spinning from the Eagles offense.
     
    Good game to watch nonetheless. Pete, what do you think of the new Center and DB’s. I thought I heard that the eagles like their 4th CB, and he might move D patterson out to total Special Teams.
     That would be unusual for the starting CB from last year to not even crack the CB depth chart.

    • Pete says:

      Patterson isn’t even on the squad anymore. Is on the Browns.

      Joselio Hanson is probably on the chopping block potentially. Seems like we like a couple of the young guys.

  4. Viraj says:

    I hope Maclin is healthy! They have been very tight lipped on what is actually going on with him…